Northern Drainages

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Northern Drainages

Submitted By: Dobish on March 21, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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The Bowl

Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.

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The northern drainages of Big Cottonwood Canyon are much more subtle than their southern counterparts. They are less steep, more rounded and friendly looking, and have a lot more sun. There is mellow tree skiing, more open terrain, and shorter tours. The elevation rarely gets over 10,000ft.

How to Get There

take 190 east out of Salt Lake City. The stuff on the left is the northern drainages. Round trips are on 5-8 miles on average.

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